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City of Peoria Receives $1.2M for Streetscape Improvements

Money Awarded is From DCEO’s Rebuild Distressed Communities Grant

January 10, 2022 –The city of Peoria has been awarded $1.2M as part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Rebuild Distressed Communities (RDC) grant.  Born out of a need to assist small businesses and communities impacted by civil unrest, funds from the RDC will help small businesses that were directly impacted while also assisting cities in improving commercial corridors that were affected by these activities.

The State of Illinois, along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago and the Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives determined the recipients of the funding.  Out of $9.2M allotted for the state, the City was awarded $1.2M that will help fund the current Western Avenue project with pedestrian accommodations, including retaining walls, sidewalk installation and upgrades, bike path accommodations, lighting, and pedestrian crossing upgrades.

Mayor Rita Ali commented, “The city of Peoria appreciates the support of the State of Illinois, our local legislative leaders, and LISC in helping us secure $1.2 million in additional funding for the Western Avenue project.  The project consists of a complete street overhaul of Western Avenue, resulting in much-needed infrastructure improvement for the City’s south side that we hope will be a catalyst to attract business growth and more residents back into the 61605 zip code.  The additional funding from the State of Illinois allows for improved lighting, improved sidewalks, additional safety cameras, and wayfinding signs.  We are excited to see the completion of a $12 million investment into a commercial corridor that has seen much disinvestment over the years.”

Phase 1 of the Western Avenue project was completed at the end of December 2020 with Phase 2 scheduled to begin in the spring.

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